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Recipe: B.A.T. Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Have you ever enjoyed a B.A.T. sandwich?? B.A.T. is what I prefer over a B.L.T. Skip the lettuce and replace it with a tasty avocado. Talk about flavor! Yum!

I decided to take that favorite sandwich of mine and turn it into a pasta salad. Cinco de Mayo is coming up and you know you’ll be asked to bring something to go alongside the nachos and margaritas. Although this isn’t really Mexican, it has such fresh flavors and with avocado and bacon as ingredients, I don’t think anyone will complain one bit!  

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad


You may remember last summer when I partnered with The California Avocado Commission to bring you some avocado recipes…the Salmon Sliders with Avocado Sauce and the Avocado Smoothies/Milkshakes were certainly popular! It appears that you love avocados just as much as I do! I’m excited to tell you that I am partnering with The California Avocado Commission again this year. Myself, along with Dara from Cookin’ Canuck, Shawn of I Wash…You Dry and Rachel of Southern Fairytale, will each be bringing you a fabulous California avocado recipe a month for the next six months. It’s going to be fun!

Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

I shared this Creamy Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing recipe with you way back in 2009. (Raise your hand if you were reading Dine & Dish in 2009. Thank you for still being here!) This dressing makes more than you’ll need for the pasta salad, which is a good thing… you’ll want to eat it every day, on everything!


Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

California Avocados are the star of the show in this tasty B.A.T Pasta salad recipe with Avocado Ranch Dressing.


    For the salad:
  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 diced California Avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 5 slices cooked bacon
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 California Avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked, black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 pinch dried dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 garlic clove


    For the salad:
  1. Combine pasta, tomatoes, avocados and bacon.
  2. For the dressing:
  3. Mash avocado in a bowl, then stir in mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and vinegar. Add parsley, dill, pepper, onion powder, and garlic. Stir until well blended, chill until ready to serve.
  4. Pour 1/4 - 1/2 cup of dressing over pasta salad. Toss. Chill until ready to serve.
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  1. I am hard core craving a BAT sandwich right now!!!!

  2. omg, this is… sigh.

  3. omg.

  4. Pasta, BAT, avocado ranch… Yes, yes and a huge YES! Love all of this! :)

  5. You and your salads rock my world!

  6. We make a BLT (with spinach, not lettuce) pasta salad that is one of our all-time favorites. Your avocado version sounds even better. This would likely become my go-to summertime potluck offering.

  7. oh I’ve not only missed out on trying this sandwich, but now I’m adding this salad to my list!! I’m such an avocado fan I love when I find new ways to eat them!

  8. Look out…I’m divin’ in! Bowl. Full. Of. Heaven. Love avos. Thank you, Kristen! xo

  9. This salad sounds so fabulous and refreshing! love the replacement with avocado!!

  10. Oh this looks so wonderful! I love BLTs- but for some reason never make them. I love the idea of tossing everything together in a lower-carb salad idea!!

  11. Kristen, that looks so satisfying! Swoon….

  12. Holy moly, all of my favorite flavors all tossed into one bowl! This looks addicting :)

  13. This is my kind of salad!

  14. I would always choose avocado over lettuce!! This salad is beautiful!!

  15. Well, that solves the question of what I want to have for dinner for the rest of my life.

  16. I can’t get this recipe out of my head!! I had to come back to say thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my I Spy Sunday party wrap up post! http://tidymom.net/2013/i-spy-sunday-creative-ideas/

    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend Kristen!

  17. I meant to comment on this a long time ago! It looks so so so good!

  18. I have been here since 2007, friend! :) And, I have happily made that delicious salad dressing, too! Have a super week!

  19. I love avocado and this sounds delicious. The dressing is especially appetizing. A must for me!

  20. Wow! This looks incredible! Just stumbled across your beautiful blog and can’t wait to explore more!


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